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New Bethel City Council members Cecelia "Cece" Franko, Mark Springer, and Haley Hanson joined returning council member Perry Barr for the Oct. 8 regular meeting. Alyssa Gustafson-Leary attended by phone.
Greg Kim / KYUK

New faces and new voices filled Bethel City Hall Tuesday night, as the newly elected council members took their oaths of office. Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Mark Springer, and Cecelia "Cece" Franko replaced outgoing council members Mitchell Forbes, Raymond "Thor" Williams, Leif Albertson, and Fritz Charles. 

Caribou Traders Liquor Store will close permanently on Saturday, Jan 4.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel is likely returning to damp status. Unofficial results from yesterday’s election show Bethel re-entering local option for alcohol sales. Under local option, voters have chosen to make furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a felony. In the same election, voters rejected entering marijuana local option and cast ballots for Bethel City Council candidates, favoring the challengers over the incumbents.


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Unofficial results from Bethel’s municipal election on Tuesday, Oct. 1 show Bethel returning to local option status for retail alcohol sales, but remaining out of local option for marijuana licenses. Under alcohol local option status, furnishing alcohol to people under age 21 would become a felony. The candidates with the most votes to fill the four Bethel City Council seats are Haley Hanson, Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Mark Springer, and Cece Franko.

Bethel City Council will have to decide how to fund community action grants after losing funding from alcohol sales taxes.
City of Bethel

Bethel municipal elections are this Tuesday, Oct. 1. Residents will choose four Bethel City Council members from among six candidates. Voters will also cast ballots for three local option propositions. 

Bethel City Council will have to decide how to fund community action grants after losing funding from alcohol sales taxes.
City of Bethel

The state’s Marijuana Control Board recently approved licenses for two marijuana stores, but it could be that neither one of them will open. 


Bethel City Council will have to decide how to fund community action grants after losing funding from alcohol sales taxes.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel awarded $30,831 in Community Action Grants this quarter. This money comes from the city’s alcohol tax. Twenty percent of that revenue goes toward projects intended to enhance the community’s wellbeing. 

Bethel City Council will have to decide how to fund community action grants after losing funding from alcohol sales taxes.
City of Bethel

For some, last night was perhaps the final time that they would vote as members of the Bethel City Council. With those votes, they passed two changes to the Bethel Municipal Code: adding formal training for new council members, and giving the city more time to complete its audit. The council voted to postpone an overhaul of the city's ethics code until the next meeting.

The City of Bethel has not had a permanent City Manager since former City Manager Pete Williams was fired April 23, 2019.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The search for Bethel’s new city manager has narrowed to two final candidates. 

Bethel City Council will have to decide how to fund community action grants after losing funding from alcohol sales taxes.
City of Bethel

In its final meeting with its current members, this Bethel City Council will consider leaving its mark on the Bethel Municipal Code. Three changes to the code are up for consideration. 

Bethel City Council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned on Monday afternoon.
Courtesy of Carole Jung Jordan

Another seat has opened up on Bethel City Council. Yesterday afternoon, council member Carole Jung-Jordan resigned her seat. In her resignation letter, she said that she wanted to focus more on her family, her children, and her work. She will not be attending tonight's council meeting.

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